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Arthur William Devis (1762-1822), Portrait painter

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 37 portraits
Devis was the son of Arthur Devis, a successful portrait painter. Devis enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools at the age of twelve and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1775. In 1782, he embarked aboard the Antelope for a voyage to the East Indies, in the capacity of draughtsman. The ship was wrecked and Devis and the crew were stranded for a year on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. After a series of extraordinary adventures, Devis arrived in India, where he settled for ten years, establishing a modestly successful practice as a painter of portraits and local scenes. He returned to England in 1795; he concentrated mainly on painting portraits, but also landscapes, animal paintings and theatrical subjects.

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John Herbert

by Arthur William Devis
oil on canvas, 1791
NPG 547

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Gwyllym Lloyd Wardle

by Arthur William Devis
oil on canvas, 1809
NPG 4265

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Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt

by Arthur William Devis
oil on canvas, 1815-1816
NPG 1481

D5489

Samuel Pegge

by James Basire, after Arthur William Devis
line engraving, 1785
NPG D5489

D5490

Samuel Pegge

by James Basire, after Arthur William Devis
line engraving, 1785
NPG D5490

D35565

Warren Hastings

by and published by Henry Hudson, after Arthur William Devis
mezzotint, published July 1794 (1784-1785)
NPG D35565

D35523

George Harris, 1st Baron Harris

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by Jeffryes & Co, after Arthur William Devis
mezzotint, published 23 October 1799
NPG D35523

D42711

George Harris, 1st Baron Harris

by William Evans, published by John Sewell, after Arthur William Devis
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1800
NPG D42711

D11387

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by William Say, after Arthur William Devis
mezzotint, circa 1803-1834
NPG D11387

D11104

Sir William Jones

by William Evans, after Arthur William Devis
stipple engraving, published 1804
NPG D11104

D9104

James Duff, 2nd Earl of Fife

by Robert Dunkarton, after Arthur William Devis
mezzotint, (1805)
NPG D9104

D5337

Horatio Nelson

by Edward Scriven, after Arthur William Devis
stipple engraving, published 1806
NPG D5337

D35150

Arthur William Devis

by Thomas Cheesman, after Arthur William Devis
stipple engraving, circa 1808
NPG D35150

D37493

Gwyllym Lloyd Wardle

by and published by Robert Dunkarton, after Arthur William Devis
mezzotint, published 24 June 1809
NPG D37493

D37494

Gwyllym Lloyd Wardle

by and published by Robert Dunkarton, after Arthur William Devis
mezzotint, published 24 June 1809
NPG D37494

D34367

Sir William Garrow

by and published by Robert Dunkarton, after Arthur William Devis
mezzotint, published 24 March 1810 (1802)
NPG D34367

D7589

Lady Frances Caroline Wedderburn Webster

by Robert Cooper, after Arthur William Devis
stipple engraving, published 1812
NPG D7589

D7590

Lady Frances Caroline Wedderburn Webster

by Robert Cooper, after Arthur William Devis
stipple engraving, published 1812
NPG D7590

D3799

Samuel Palmer

by Henry Meyer, after Arthur William Devis
mezzotint, published 1814
NPG D3799